FEMA Brings Aid to SE Michigan

FEMA Brings Aid to SE Michigan (Crystal A. Proxmire, Oct. 16, 2014) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that more than $51.8 million in federal disaster grants and loans has been approved for Michigan survivors of the Aug. 11-13 storms and flooding. According to a FEMA press release, as of close of business Oct.…

Poll Worker Pay Varies by City, Ferndale May Vote to Increase

Poll Worker Pay Varies by City, Ferndale May Vote to Increase (Crystal A. Proxmire, Oct. 13, 2014) Competition from other cities is one of the reasons Ferndale has struggled to attract people to work the polls on Election Day, said City Clerk Cherilynn Brown in a memo to City Council. That’s why Brown and the…

Area TimeBanks Hosting Auction Event in Royal Oak Oct. 18

Area TimeBanks Hosting Auction Event in Royal Oak Oct. 18 (Compiled, Oct. 8, 2014) Live & Silent AUCTION 1ST Ever “Bidding to Build our Communities” Auction Saturday, October 18 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Royal Oak Woman’s Club, 404 S. Pleasant, Royal Oak Light refreshments, entertainment, door prizes, free parking $10 in advance / $15…

Area TimeBanks Hosting Auction Event in Royal Oak Oct. 18

Area TimeBanks Hosting Auction Event in Royal Oak Oct. 18 (Compiled, Oct. 8, 2014) Live & Silent AUCTION 1ST Ever “Bidding to Build our Communities” Auction Saturday, October 18 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Royal Oak Woman’s Club, 404 S. Pleasant, Royal Oak Light refreshments, entertainment, door prizes, free parking $10 in advance / $15…

…Rail Program from Pontiac to Chicago, Hearing Oct. 28

Public Comment on Passenger Rail Program from Pontiac to Chicago, Hearing Oct. 28 (Crystal A. Proxmire, Oct. 5, 2014) What is in store for the rail system in Michigan, particularly the rail between Detroit/Pontiac and Chicago? Michigan and surrounding states have been doing major research and planning looking at this issue, and a public hearing…

…Rail Program from Pontiac to Chicago, Hearing Oct. 28

Public Comment on Passenger Rail Program from Pontiac to Chicago, Hearing Oct. 28 (Crystal A. Proxmire, Oct. 5, 2014) What is in store for the rail system in Michigan, particularly the rail between Detroit/Pontiac and Chicago? Michigan and surrounding states have been doing major research and planning looking at this issue, and a public hearing…

President Signs Disaster Declaration, FEMA Funding Available

President Signs Disaster Declaration, FEMA Funding Available (White House Press Release, Sept. 25, 2014) The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Michigan and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of August 11-13, 2014.…

Royal Oak Waits on Waiving Permit Fees, Vote in October

Royal Oak Waits on Waiving Permit Fees, Vote in October (Crystal A. Proxmire, Sept. 23, 2104) The Royal Oak City Commission has not yet decided if they will waive building permit fees for residents impacted by the Aug. 11 flooding. Clawson, Ferndale, Huntington Woods and Oak Park have given windows of opportunities for residents to…

August Trash Totals Are In, Claim Deadline Approaches

August Trash Totals Are In, Claim Deadline Approaches (Crystal A. Proxmire, Sept. 20, 2014)  NOTE: An earlier version said Ferndale was the third highest in terms of trash.  This was an error and has been corrected. -cp SOCRRA (South Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority) has released the trash tally for the month of August, showing…

Flood Follow Up…Push for Presidential Declaration of Disaster

Flood Follow Up: Most Michigan Members of Congress Push for Presidential Declaration of Disaster (Crystal A. Proxmire, Sept. 19, 2014) With over a billion dollars’ worth of damage to Michigan communities in the wake of the Aug. 11, 2014 flood, Michigan’s elected officials are reaching out to Washington for help. Earlier this week Governor Rick…

Flood Follow Up…Push for Presidential Declaration of Disaster

Flood Follow Up: Most Michigan Members of Congress Push for Presidential Declaration of Disaster (Crystal A. Proxmire, Sept. 19, 2014) With over a billion dollars’ worth of damage to Michigan communities in the wake of the Aug. 11, 2014 flood, Michigan’s elected officials are reaching out to Washington for help. Earlier this week Governor Rick…